WRTI Spotlight

The Crossing Choir
4:02 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

The Crossing on WRTI: The Third 'Month of Moderns' Concert, Oct. 5, 3:30 PM

PRISM Quartet

Join us Sunday, October 5th at 3:30 pm for The Crossing chamber choir's third and final concert in their Sixth Annual Month of Moderns Festival, recorded live at The Icebox at Crane Arts Center in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.

The Crossing is joined by the PRISM (Saxophone) Quartet in a world premiere by composer Gavin Bryars. Donald Nally conducts.

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WRTI Spotlight
7:59 am
Thu October 2, 2014

The Philadelphians on WRTI: Yannick, Beethoven's EROICA, Oct. 5, 1 PM

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser

Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall in a program culminating in Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," originally intended as a grand and heroic tribute to Napoleon. Upon learning, however, that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor of all Europe, Beethoven scratched out the dedication with such vigor that he tore through the paper. This is music that succeeds in creating a new architecture for the symphonic form, and it supplied ignition for the Romantic style in music.

Also on the program, Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings, which opens with a haunting rhythm clearly quoting the funeral march of Beethoven’s "Eroica." The intensity and pathos is that of a mature composer, nearing the end of his career, who has witnessed the World War II destruction of Europe, and stands in stark contrast  to compositions of the younger Strauss we've heard in earlier broadcasts this season.

Filling out the program is Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, written for the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and given its U.S. premiere (and first recording) by him with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy in 1959.  Our soloist is German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, a young virtuoso who will perform this fiendish concerto, which, like the 10th and 11th symphonies heard elsewhere in the 2013/2014 season, was written following the death of Stalin, and marks a return to greater creative freedom for Shostakovich.

Here's Johannes Moser performing in 2011. During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis will speak with the young cellist.

Program:
Strauss - Metamorphosen
Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Johannes Moser - Cello

That's the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI, Sunday, October 5, 1 to 3:30 pm. Don't miss it!

You can listen to our 90.1 FM broadcast, or online here.

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

Live Broadcast!
7:20 am
Thu October 2, 2014

LIVE Tonight on WRTI.org: Gustavo Dudamel, LA Phil, Mahler's Symphony No. 5

Gustavo Dudamel is music director of the LA Phil

Calling all classical night owls! Join us on Thursday, October 2nd at 11 pm for a LIVE audio performance from LA's Disney Hall, and chime in on the concert in the live chat room.

Click here on October 2nd at 11 pm to hear the live performance, direct from the City of Angels.

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Breaking News
11:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

LIVE Tonight from Carnegie Hall on WRTI.org: Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle, Mutter, Rachmaninoff

Can't make it to NYC tonight to hear the Carnegie Hall Opening Night Gala performance? No problem! You'll be there with WRTI. Right here on WRTI.org, tonight at 7 pm, you're in a for a huge treat! It's a live audio performance by the legendary Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with the dazzling German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
11:23 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Philadelphia Orchestra New Music Micro-Festival on WRTI: Sept. 28, at 1 PM

Composer Tan Dun

Join us this Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm, for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast from a series of fall 2013 concerts that introduced Philadelphia audiences to three major new works commissioned by the Orchestra.

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Opera on WRTI
8:41 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

San Francisco Opera on WRTI: 1976 Archival Recording, R. Strauss' DIE FRAU OHNNE SCHATTEN, Sept. 27

Soprano Leonie Rysanek sings the Empress in R. Strauss' DIE FRAU OHNNE SCHATTEN

Presented in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, San Francisco Opera’s 1976 production of Die Frau ohne Schatten - The Woman Without a Shadow - featuring soprano Leonie Rysanek and led by distinguished conductor and noted Strauss expert Karl Böhm, airs on Saturday, September 27, 1 to 4 pm on WRTI.

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Breaking News
10:11 am
Tue September 23, 2014

A New Offering from John Coltrane: The Historic 1966 Live Concert at Temple University

Saxophonist John Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967)

1966. Frank Sinatra. The Beatles. The Righteous Brothers.  Stevie Wonder. Petula Clark. Bob Dylan. The formation of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Music was coming from all directions....enter John Coltrane.

After an extensive career as a sideman and then 1960's bandleader, Trane's sonic explorations led him to push the envelope of what was popularly called jazz. His multi-dimensional experiments with scales, instrumentation, and format forever extended the boundaries of jazz.

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10:20 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Jackie Cain, of the Jazz Duo Jackie and Roy, Dies at 86

Jazz vocalist Jackie Cain, who sang in a bebop style and recorded nearly 40 albums with her husband Roy Kral, passed away on September 15th at age 86.
Jackie Cain, who teamed with her husband, Roy Kral, to form probably the most famous vocal duo in jazz history, melding popular tunes and sophisticated harmonies for more than half a century, died on Monday at her home in Montclair, N.J. She was 86.
Cristian Macelaru Conducts The Philadelphians
7:16 am
Sun September 21, 2014

The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: A Dazzling Performance by Cellist Hai-Ye Ni, Sept. 21, 1 PM

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Cellist Hai-Ye Ni

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky celebration from last January continues on WRTI this Sunday at 1 pm with Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru joined by Principal Cellist Hai-Ye

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An-All English Program
2:27 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on WRTI: The Planets, Sept. 21, 3 PM

Members of the Philadephia Youth Orchestra at the Kimmel Center

Join us to hear the final concert of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's 2013-14 season. Music Director Louis Scaglione conducts an all-English program that includes works by Britten, Elgar, and Holst.

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